There’s more fuel to the fire for the ongoing feud between singer Beyonce and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani experienced his rise to fame during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the way in which he led the city of New York during the tragedy. His stoicism at the time made him a household name.
However, many people aren’t so happy with the former mayor – including R&B singer Beyonce, who headlined the half-time Super Bowl show earlier this year with what many people construed as a pro-black anthem during her performance, likening her outfit and those of her singers to having connections with the Black Panther party. Giuliani was one of those people. At the time, he called her out for what he felt was an aggressive display of division at a time when tensions were high in the country due to several black citizens being killed by police during encounters.
Last night at the Video Music Awards, Beyonce performed a piece from her “Formation” tour that some say depicted cops shooting black people. Black back-up dancers fell to the ground after being “shot” one by one in the pantomime. Giuliani was outraged again and said it was a “shame”, according to The Daily Mail.
In an appearance on Fox News, Giuliani cited statistics in which he felt he had done good for the black community and asked Beyonce if she could match his record. Giuliani says her performance was in congruence with the thoughts of the Black Lives Matter movement, which Giuliani feels is aggressive without good cause.
“I ran the largest and best police department in the world, the New York City Police Department. And I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw onstage by reducing crime – and particularly homicide – by 75 percent, of which maybe four or five thousand were African-American young people who are alive today because of the policies I put in effect that weren’t in effect for 35 years.”
It’s not a secret that Beyonce feels strongly about the recent deaths of black citizens at the hands of police. She arrived to her performance last night accompanied by the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Oscar Grant – all young black men who died after encounters with the police. Her message, whether one agrees or not, is clear: she feels that black people are being killed by police without cause. Giuliani does not agree.
“You’re asking the wrong person because I had five uncles who were police officers, two cousins who were, one who died in the line of duty. So, if you’re going to do that, then you also should also symbolize why the police officers are in those neighborhoods and what are you going to do about that and what are you doing about it?”
Host Brian Kilmead pointed out to Giuliani that Beyonce was an extremely popular performer whose thoughts, songs and messages were an anthem to the current generation of young people. Giuliani took issue with the Black Lives Matter movement in what could be construed as referencing the high incidence of black-on-black crime in urban communities.
“Are you, to me it’s two easy answers: a much better education and a good job and what the heck have you done like in Baltimore, when they all stood in Baltimore I was sick when I saw all the politicians standing in Baltimore after the police situation and saying “nobody’s done anything for this community in 50 years” well that is a heck of a thing to say because they’ve been in charge for 50 years and they have failed the community.”
As of yet, Beyonce, nor her spokespeople, have commented on Giuliani’s words.
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